Maria Callas

Maria Callas
Maria Callas, Commendatore OMRI (Greek: Μαρία Κάλλας; December 2, 1923 – September 16, 1977), was a Greek-American soprano, and one of the most renowned and influential opera singers of the 20th century. Many critics praised her bel canto technique, wide-ranging voice and dramatic interpretations. Her repertoire ranged from classical opera seria to the bel canto operas of Donizetti, Bellini and Rossini and further, to the works of Verdi and Puccini; and, in her early career, to the music dramas of Wagner. Her musical and dramatic talents led to her being hailed as La Divina.

Born in New York City and raised by an overbearing mother, she received her musical education in Greece and established her career in Italy. Forced to deal with the exigencies of wartime poverty and with myopia that left her nearly blind onstage, she endured struggles and scandal over the course of her career. She turned herself from a heavy woman into a svelte and glamorous one after a mid-career weight loss, which might have contributed to her vocal decline and the premature end of her career. The press exulted in publicizing Callas's temperamental behavior, her supposed rivalry with Renata Tebaldi and her love affair with Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis. Although her dramatic life and personal tragedy have often overshadowed Callas the artist in the popular press, her artistic achievements were such that Leonard Bernstein called her "the Bible of opera" and her influence so enduring that, in 2006, Opera News wrote of her: "Nearly thirty years after her death, she's still the definition of the diva as artist—and still one of classical music's best-selling vocalists."
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Maria Callas

Maria Callas

Maria Callas, Commendatore OMRI (Greek: Μαρία Κάλλας; December 2, 1923 – September 16, 1977), was a Greek-American soprano, and one of the most renowned and influential opera singers of the 20th century. Many critics praised her bel canto technique, wide-ranging voice and dramatic interpretations. Her repertoire ranged from classical opera seria to the bel canto operas of Donizetti, Bellini and Rossini and further, to the works of Verdi and Pu...
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BELLINI I Puritani

Studio recording, 1953
Total duration: 2hr 19:58

Maria Callas
Giuseppe Di Stefano
Chorus & Orchestra of La Scala, Milan
Tullio Serafin, conductor
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BELLINI Norma

Live recording, 1955
Total duration: 2hr 34:37

Maria Callas Norma
Mario Del Monaco Pollione
Chorus and Orchestra of La Scala, Milan
Conductor Antonino Votto
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    CHERUBINI  Medea
    Live recording, 30 June 1959, Royal Opera House, London
    Producer and XR Remastering: Andrew Rose
    Cover artwork based on a photograph of Maria Callas and Jon Vickers
    as Medea and Giasone in the 1959 Royal Opera House production
    Total duration: 2hr 14:22  

    Medea - Maria Callas
    Giasone-  Jon Vickers
    Glauce - Joan Carlyle
    Neris - Fiorenza Cossotto
    Creonte - Nicola Zaccaria
    Soloists, Orchestra and Chorus of the Covent Garden Opera
    Nicola Rescigno
    , conductor
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    DONIZETTI Lucia di Lammermoor

    Studio recordings, 1953 and 1949
    Total duration: 2hr 12:58

    Maria Callas - Lucia
    Giuseppe Di Stefano - Edgardo
    Tito Gobbi - Enrico
    Chorus & Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale, Florence
    Tullio Serafin, conductor
    Orchestra Sinfonica di Torino della RAI
    Arturo Basile, conductor
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    LEONCAVALLO Pagliacci

    Recorded in Milan, 1954
    Total duration: 73:12

    Maria Callas
    Giuseppe di Stefano
    Tito Gobbi
    Nicola Monti
    Rolando Panerai
    Orchestra and Chorus of La Scala, Milan
    Conductor: Tullio Serafin
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    MASCAGNI Cavalleria Rusticana

    Studio recording, 1953
    Total duration: 77:25

    Maria Callas - Santuzza
    Giuseppe di Stefano - Turridu
    Chorus & Orchestra of La Scala, Milan
    Tullio Serafin, conductor